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Sunday, March 27, 2005

Soar like an eagle - Do you have it in you?

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”
-Marcus Aurelius.

“Every good thought you think, is contributing its share to the ultimate result of your life.”
- Grenville Kleiser.

Millions of people in this world live a mediocre life with little or no ambitions or fail to recognize/ act on their true potential. We don’t realise what a wonderful piece of creation we are. We don’t recognise our assets.

Life is not a game of chance. Life is what we make of it. Our life is the sum total of all our choices up to this present minute. We can use our options, and choose what kind of life we want to lead – life of a winner or a loser.

Once upon a time there was an eagle’s nest that sat on top of the highest mountain peak. A strong wind came and blew an egg out of the eagle’s nest and it rolled down the mountain into a valley and ended up in a chicken farm. The mother hen hatched it along with its own eggs. The eagle chick raised along with the chicken by the hen, thought it was a chicken. It walked like a chicken, talked like a chicken, thought like a chicken, and dreamed like a chicken. Chickens cannot fly, so it didn’t even try. One day while standing out, it saw the sight of an eagle flying majestically across the sky, like the king of the sky. Eaglet asked its mother hen, if it could soar like the bird in the sky. Mother hen replied, “ We can not fly.”

The eagle could not take to flight and ultimately died a chicken.

We are not to be chickens; we are born to be eagles to soar high. Know that we are eagles, let us flap our wings, fly like eagles and soar above the clouds. How?

Before knowing the answer for how, let me ask you a question. Do you know which is the richest place in the world? Are the gold and diamond mines of the African continent? No! The richest place in the world is the graveyard. Yes, the graveyard! In it lie all the people who had great ideas, which would have made them wealthy and successful. Like the eaglet in the above story, they listened to some pessimistic person who dissuaded them with the word ‘can’t’ which they believed. Then they took their great ideas along with the belief ‘can’t’ to their graves. The world last a chance to their best inventions/ discoveries/ songs/ books/ ideas/ speeches. This is all because they listened to a pessimist’s ‘can’t’. Please do not make such a mistake of taking your riches with your grave depriving the world as well yourselves of the great ideas.
‘You are born to succeed’, but success seldom arrives on a platter. Self-development/ management of the mind is the key to all success. You can change your life by changing your thoughts and your mental habits. What you think, feel and believe, you ultimately become. Control your thoughts and master your destiny. Thoughts translate into actions. The whole world rotates around the power of thoughts.

(from my book "10 Fundamental Rules of Success", Publishers: PUSTAK MAHAL, New Delhi)